It nice to know you don't have to buy a CUV or something more expensive to deal with harsh winter weather. That is one mark of true quality.This car can handle the most severe winters with the star safety system and a good tires set. I feel myself very well protected. My wife have Impreza WRX and i feel the same in my IM (without HP lollll)
Sometimes having a vehicle just for winter is the best thing to do since what they treat the roads with can do a number to the underbody and body. In that case i rather buy a cheap FWD or AWD subaru with a used set of winters and sell it when the season ends.Actually you don't need anything special at all for winter.
5 years ago when I had a Supra as my summer car, I had a Toyota Tercel on winter tires that did very well, i was flying by people in AWD Subaru's.